Otto Rattlers fall to Lovell and Thermopolis

Stephanie Tolman

It was a learning week for the Otto Rattlers on all levels as they each added a loss to the books. The Babe Ruth team hosted its first home game against Thermopolis on Thursday night. Thermopolis took control of the first inning, scoring eight runs. Otto fought back with Will Hatch and Taft Winters both walking and then stealing around to home, Elijah Rice getting walked and scoring on a sacrifice fly from Joe Worthen and Matt Tempany getting walked and advancing around to home.
The second inning was scoreless for both teams. Thermopolis scored once more in the third inning and the Rattlers scored two more runs with Rice and Tempany making it across the plate and the final score of the game came from T. Winters in the fourth inning. He doubled on a line drive to left field, advanced to third and ran in on a RBI by J. Worthen. The game ended soon after with Thermop prevailing 9-7.
Kimber Allen, Worthen and Kellen Winters shared the mound for the Rattlers. J. Worthen had five strikeouts and K. Winters had three strikeouts.
The minors and majors played in Lovell on Tuesday. The majors faced the Rockies and fell 14-1. The only score for Otto came in the second inning when Nicholas Worthen made it on base by running on a dropped third strike. He aggressively stole around to third and was driven in with a sacrifice fly to second by Jaxon Buck. “Even though the stats don’t show it, we did much better at batting than the last time we played Lovell,” said Coach Janalee Call. “The kids usually struck out swinging rather than looking and they approached the plate with a lot more confidence also.”
Bret Winters started on the mound with N. Worthen behind the plate. He only walked one and struck out two in the first inning but Lovell scored five, which included a grand slam over the fence. B. Winters continued to pitch in the second inning and Riggin Harris was at catcher. He walked only two and struck out one and was replaced by N. Worthen who got the last two strikeouts. The Rockies scored eight runs. In the third inning, N. Worthen struck out one and walked one, who later scored, and Brooklyn Winters, Case Nicolson and Porter Aagard in the infield got the last two outs of the game. “It was a tough loss but Lovell is a very good team who showed us areas to work on,” said Call.
The minors lost their first game of the season to the Braves 9-5. Gage Tolman singled to first base and then was driven in by an infield home run from Brigham Winters and Davin Buck stole home to put Otto up by three. Kobe Winters started on the mound and had two strikes but the Braves answered back with four runs. The second inning was scoreless for Otto and Lovell ran in one and K. Winters struck out two more and allowed one hit. In the third inning, Tagg Harris walked to first and stole around to score and Bri. Winters singled and stole around to score. Harris took over the mound and had one strikeout and Bri. Winters ended the game with one walk and one strikeout and Lovell had four runs.
The minors and majors played in Greybull on Tuesday night and all three teams will be in Thermopolis Thursday night with the minors at 5:30 p.m., the majors at 7 p.m. and Babe Ruth at 6 p.m.